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03-05-2012, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by EagleBelfour View Post
PS. It will be hard to argue that L'équipe nationale de France won't have an advantage in goal against most team with Dominik Hasek and Chuck Rayner as their goaltending duo.
I'd have to agree with you there. And it'll be useful to keep Hasek rested for the playoffs, as he wasn't a regular season workhorse to the degree that some other goalies were (although you could argue that he worked more than most goalies in the games he did play).

I also had Rayner ranked as being the end of a "tier" of sorts. He was the last of the guys who I think could pass as a starter (albeit a very low-end one). His small playoff resume hurts him a bit, but there wasn't much he could do about. And it's not a huge issue as a backup anyways. He'll probably just be expected to play 20 regular season games and then ride the pine in the playoffs behind Hasek, which he's very capable of doing.

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